Ocean Defenders Alliance: Fighting for Debris Free Seas

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By Steve Woods

While preparing for the first print issue to hit the stands since Oct. 2014, the 90265 Magazine crew headed to Channel Islands Harbor.  We met with Kurt Lieber, founder of Ocean Defender’s Alliance and his crew to find out more about what this non-profit ocean conservation does to protect our local waters and to gather more information for an depth feature in our “Devocean to the Ocean” issue.

We left the harbor on “The Legasea”, a boat generously donated to Ocean Defenders Alliance by legendary tv host Bob Barker, and headed to the break wall in search of traps and debris left by local fisherman, which creates a hazard and unhealthy environment for sealife. The “Legasea” is uniquely devoted to working for a debris free sea.

Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) is a nonprofit grassroots marine conservation organization based in Huntington Beach, CA. ODA strives to make California’s coastal waters safer for marine wildlife by reducing dangerous man-made objects from vital habitat, focusing on the professional removal of abandoned and derelict commercial fishing gear that poses serious threats to numerous species.

Find out more about Ocean Defenders Alliance here.

 

Divers donate their time to ODA, searching the ocean for debris and marine life trapped in nets.
Divers donate their time to ODA, searching the ocean for debris and marine life trapped in nets and pots.
Lobster trap found today on our excursion with Ocean Defender Alliance on The Legay boat donated by legendary tv host Bob Barker.
Lobster trap found today on our excursion with Ocean Defender Alliance on The Legasea boat donated by legendary tv host Bob Barker.

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